Prep gridders ready to jam

Antonio Suarez

High schools to scrimmage at Toledo

TOLEDO — This season’s roster of prep talent will flood Boomer Stadium Friday, Aug. 30, during a football “jamboree” featuring three local high school teams.

The unofficial clash between Taft, Newport and Toledo is a dry run for the imposing fall schedules that kick off in early September.

“Each school gets 18 plays of live contact with the other schools,” explained Taft football coach Jake Tolan, who is counting on junior quarterback Antonio Suarez to hurdle 50-yard passes from the Tiger pocket. “It’s a tune-up for our season opener with Harrisburg Sept. 6. and should tell us a lot about where we are.”

For Newport head coach Rod Losier, the pre-season scrimmage is a “glorified practice” important enough to film and do some fine-tuning for the home opener against Tillamook, also on Sept. 6.

“It’s a great opportunity to get the kids some playing time and see them in action,” said Losier, who has tapped senior Austin Perry, a 6-foot 10 inch running back and defensive linebacker on last year’s roster, to be the starting quarterback.

Head coach Jeff Taylor said multi-sport athlete Jaxon Rozewski will take the hikes for Toledo, where the Boomers are just now in the “beginning stages” of the gridiron season as players filter in from summer jobs and travel.

“Official practice starts Monday, and we’re not sure at this point how the roster will look,” said Taylor, who is still recruiting for the Sept. 6 opener against Nestucca. “We’ve got some good kids returning but we need to beef-up our line. Size doesn’t matter — we’re looking for intelligent kids we can put into a successful blocking scheme.”

The Aug. 30 Lincoln County jamboree gets underway with junior varsity scrimmages at 5 p.m.

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